The Campaign for Racial Equity

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The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is excited to announce our new Campaign for Racial Equity, a multi-sector effort to achieve racial equity throughout the community. Mayor Murray's Executive Order, signed on April 3, 2014, affirms and expands RSJI to include the Campaign.

As part of the Campaign, RSJI is beginning to offer free trainings and workshops for the public through the new Community Institute for Racial Equity, special projects designed to build public will for racial equity, and opportunities for organizations and groups of all kinds - businesses, non-profit, government agencies, schools, and faith-based groups - to organize with community members around key Equity Areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Equitable Development
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Philanthropy

Between late September, 2013 and February 2014, more than 200 local groups took part in workshops offered by the City of Seattle in conjunction with Pacific Science Center's exhibit, "RACE: Are We So Different." More than 125 of those groups signed a Commitment to Action, pledging to build racial equity within their own group and to connect with other groups in the community to work on specific issues.

Please continue to check this page for new opportunities as we grow the Campaign for Racial Equity.

The Community Institute for Racial Equity (free trainings and workshops)

All trainings and workshops are free and open to the public. Some offerings are designed for groups or individuals with specific experiences and needs. Please read training and workshop descriptions to determine whether they will best serve the needs of you and your group.

RSJI is thrilled to announce our first free training for community groups: Turning Commitment into Action. Both the May and June training dates filled up within a few days of being announced. As a result, we will be offering additional Turning Commitment into Action trainings in the coming year. Please check back here for future training dates.

Training Description
Over 125 groups who participated in group workshops in conjunction with the RACE exhibit have signed the Commitment to Action for Racial Equity. Additional groups have set similar intentions to end institutional racism and build racial equity. This free, two-part training is designed to give groups the tools they need to turn these commitments into actions for tangible change.

Participants will develop an understanding of social position and change advocacy, and apply these using a racial equity assessment to identify personal and organizational power to achieve racial equity. They will then outline a plan to create racial equity within their groups and through their work with clients, customers, partners and communities. This free training will happen in two parts, with about 2 hours of work in-between, the bulk of which will be done with the other person from your group.

For information on training contents and registration requirements, download the full Turning Commitment into Action training description.


RSJI is honored to partner with the following community organizations to offer learning opportunities in an array of different areas involving racial equity:

  • Social Justice Fund Northwest
  • BUILD - Brothers United in Leadership Development
  • SOAR (King County Youth Development Network) and School's Out Washington (SOWA) with the King County Youth Advisory Council
  • Statewide Poverty Action Network
  • Washington CAN!
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce

Equity Areas

The Race and Social Justice Initiative is organizing groups, businesses and community members around key Equity Areas:

  • Arts and culture
  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Equitable development
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Philanthropy

Check back here soon for more information as this work develops.

Special Projects

Commitment to Action

The Commitment to Action

Click here to view the original Commitment to Action signed by the groups listed above.

The following groups have signed the Commitment to Action. Some of these names represent multiple workshop groups and/or multiple commitments within one group.

801 Community
ACLU of Washington
Aki Kurose Boys/Girls Group
Aki Kurose Middle School staff and families
Alki United Church of Christ
Arts Corps Americorps members
Associated Recreation Council
Baha'is of Shoreline
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Bastyr University, Diversity Committee
Bethany Community Church
Boeing BDS Diversity Council
Brighton School
Cascade Bicycle Club
Child Care Aware
Child Care Resources
Citizens' Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board
City of Lakewood Youth Council & City Council
City of Redmond
City of Renton
City of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission
City Year Seattle King County
Columbia Legal Services
Communities In Schools of Federal Way, Sacajawea Middle School small groups.
Community Day School Association
Denise Louie Education Center
East Shore Unitarian Church
Eastside Pathways
Faith Lutheran Church-Immigration Justice Group
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Gig Harbor High School
Graham Hill Elementary School
Grays Harbor Human Services Program
Healing Together
HPS Communications and Family & Community Partnerships
Imagine Housing
John Muir Elementary School
Kilo Middle School
King County Employee-based EEOC/AA Advisory Committee
King County Juvenile Court
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Lake Washington Girls Middle School
Lakeside School Parents Association
Lakewood Cooperative Preschool
Livnot Chai
La Leche League (Renton and Bellevue)
MAP (Minority Achievers Program)
Marysville Minority Achievers Program
Metrocenter YMCA--AmeriCorps
Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church
Neighborhood House AmeriCorps
New Futures -- A Branch Of SWYFS
New Horizons
Non-profit Anti-racism Coalition (NPARC)
North Seattle Community College Inclusion Change Team
Northwest Sustainability Collaborative
Northwest National Laboratory
Seattle Office of Housing
PACE at Woodmoor
Pacific Lutheran University
Parent Child Center Staff
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Pike Market Senior Center
Powerful Schools
Public Health Seattle & King County Equity Action Team
Quad County Training Committee for DDD
Restorative Justice Initiative
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
SCA (Student Conservation Association)
Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Doula Collective
Seattle Girls' School (8th Grade)
Seattle Girls' School (6th Grade)
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
Seattle Public Utilities' Community Advisory Committees
Seattle Public Utilities Protecting Our Waters
Seattle University Center for Service and Community Engagement
Seattle Youth Employment Program
Seattle's Progressive Preschool
Senior Services of Seattle/King Coounty
Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA)
SHAG Courtland
Shoreline Youth & Teen Development Program: Ballinger Teens
Showalter Middle School
Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University
Skagit Valley College
Social Justice Committee of the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
Social Justice Fund NW
Splinter Dance Company
Spruce St. Inn
Seattle Center
Seattle Dept. of Transportation Race and Social Justice Change Team
Seattle Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department
St. Therese Catholic Church
Stafford Creek Correcitons Center Diversity Advisory Council
Teen Feed
The Heartsparkle Players
The Seattle LGBT Commission
United Universalist of Whidbey Island and Quakers
University of Washington Evans School Partnership for Community and Diversity
University Unitarian Soulwork Anti-Racism Group
Urban Indian Health Institute
WA Dept Of Corrections
WA State Department of Corrections - Section 6
Wallingford United Methodist Church
Washington State DSHS and Diversity Partners
Washington Trails Association
West Seattle High School
Woodland Park Zoo Education Department EC and YP Teams
Woodland Park Zoo Gren Team
World Affairs Council Global Classroom
World Affairs Council's Global Classroom Teacher Workshop
World Problem Solvers at Ballard High School
WSU Pierce County Extension Master Gardeners
Year Up Puget Sound
Yoga Behind Bars
YWCA - King and Snohomish County
YWCA GirlsFirst

RACE exhibit Group Workshops and Speakers Series sponsors
The Group Workshops for Pacific Science Center's "RACE: Are We So Different" exhibit were a true partnership. Thanks to all the co-sponsors: City of Seattle Departments - Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Police Department, Department of Transportation, Department of Neighborhoods, City Attorney's Office, Human Services Department/Youth and Family Empowerment Division, Seattle Public Library and Seattle Center - as well as the Seattle Social Justice Film Festival, Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition, Center for Ethical Leadership, Social Justice Fund, City of Federal Way Diversity Commission, Federal Way Public Schools, City of Redmond/Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Snohomish County, Seattle Times, University of Washington Department of Communication and Museology Graduate Program, Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce and Bastyr University. Special thanks to 4Culture/King County for supporting Pacific Science Center in this partnership.